Consortium News

  • 05 Feb 2019 4:31 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    February 05, 2019 | Daniel Allar | Healthcare Economics & Policy

    Spending per Medicare beneficiary has slowed considerably since 2005, and 56 percent of that decline can be linked to reduced spending on cardiovascular disease and related risk factors, researchers reported Feb. 4 in Health Affairs.

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  • 05 Feb 2019 10:32 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Springfield-based Baystate Health’s plan to build a behavioral health hospital has left folks who work in mental health in Western Massachusetts with a lot of questions, as well as a sense of reassurance.

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  • 30 Jan 2019 10:01 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    The breakneck pace of navigating the largest health system in Massachusetts and tensions between hospital executives prompted Dr. David Torchiana to step down as president and CEO of Partners HealthCare.

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  • 29 Jan 2019 3:44 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    The Attain program will combine members' health record data with activity tracking to offer personalized goals, with rewards that include the Apple Watch itself.

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  • 29 Jan 2019 9:19 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Dr. David Torchiana, the chief executive of Partners HealthCare, unexpectedly announced his departure on Monday night, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

    Torchiana, a heart surgeon by training, said he will retire at the end of April, Partners confirmed in a statement Tuesday morning. He has been CEO of Boston-based Partners since 2015.

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  • 22 Jan 2019 10:58 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    January 22, 2019 | CommonWealth | Bruce Mohl

    ANDREW DREYFUS, the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is excited about a series of initiatives the state’s largest health insurer is pursuing to improve care while simultaneously treating patients in less costly settings.

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  • 18 Jan 2019 11:31 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    January 18, 2019 | Jessica Bartlett – Reporter, Boston Business Journal

    Beth Israel Lahey Health, fresh off a merger, has said they're combining five health systems into four departments. The health system is also now detailing the new appointments behind the integrated entity.

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  • 17 Jan 2019 1:56 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    January 16, 2019 | WBUR | Bob Oakes

    Boston Children's Hospital aims to bring access to health care and social services to the fingertips of one million consumers in Massachusetts each year through a new app called HelpSteps.

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  • 17 Jan 2019 1:30 PM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    January 17, 2019 | Amy Baxter | Quality | HealthExec

    Physicians are stressed out, with 44 percent reporting they feel burned out and 15 percent reporting they are depressed, according to a recent report from Medscape.

    The high rate of burnout and depression in the field also underscores a critical risk: suicide. About one physician commits suicide every day, according to the 2019 report. The profession has the highest suicide rate, with 15 percent reporting they have had thoughts of suicide or attempted it.

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  • 17 Jan 2019 11:47 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

    Application programming interfaces are all the rage in healthcare and just about every other industry undergoing digital transformation. And with the release of Health Level 7’s Fast Health Interoperability Resources 4 earlier this month, the excitement around open APIs, FHIR and data interoperability just kicked into a higher gear.

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